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Jennifer Johnson and Carol Kliesen are second grade classroom teachers at Spoede Elementary School in the Ladue School District in St. Louis, Missouri. I had the opportunity to attend their session, “Liven Up Learning – iPods and Classroom Blogs” at METC 2010 and find out how they are using iPods and blogging in their classrooms. From the conference planner:

Liven up learning by using simple tools like iPods and blogging applications. Students independently use iPods to learn new material, review important concepts, and extend learning. Students use communication and collaborative skills as they create blogs that engage and empower them to integrate technology skills as they become 21st Century learners.

Below are my notes, in tweet format, from their very informative session. Thanks for sharing Jennifer and Carol!

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One of the first YouTube videos that really caught my attention from an educational perspective was “Did You Know?” I remember the first time I viewed it, about 2 years ago, how moved I was by its message. It made such an impact that I began to show the video prior to any conference presentation I gave. All of the facts and figures presented in the original version were mind boggling to me and I felt it was my duty to share them with other educators around Ohio. I still have the first version of the video I saw bookmarked as part of a YouTube playlist.

Since that time, the video has gone under several revisions. Today, both Dr. Scott McLeod and Karl Fisch, the original creators of the Did You Know? series, sent out links to the most recent version over their Twitter feeds. While the graphics, music and facts have evolved into a more polished piece, the message is still fairly consistent with the original. I’d recommend that all educators take the time to view not only Did You Know? 4.0, but also the original version, in order to understand the real impact of the information age and globalization.

Did You Know; Shift Happens

Did You Know? 4.0

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While Qik has been around for almost a year or more, I’ve never had the opportunity to leverage the service into my blog or any of my presentations. This had been primarily due to the fact that I did not have a Nokia phone or an iPhone. Alas, I am one of the few Mac users who uses a Blackberry. This is because I have a family plan/contract with Verizon for my cellular service. I’m extremely satisfied with Verizon’s service, but have always been a little bummed that I can’t have an iPhone (that isn’t jailbroken). Today, everything got a little better when I found out that Qik was now supporting the BlackBerry Storm, the mobile device I am currently carrying. You can see the results of Qik from my Storm above. I plan on testing the service more extensively in the upcoming weeks. If you’re a Storm owner who would like to utilize Qik, you can enter following link in Blackberry Storm browser and download latest version (0.1.11): http://qik.com/dl/298. Check the blog frequently for future episodes of Raised Digital LIVE!

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